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Fannie Menning

READ : Revelation 9:1-10 It had been a strange New Year’s Day. What had started out with anticipation to join Mother for dinner unexpectedly turned into preparation for another funeral. Suddenly my parents were no longer there to consult, to share ideas and joys. The events of the day whirled through my thoughts like a broken record. I was exhausted, but sleep would not come to bring relief. The clock struck midnight, then one two four o’clock. Perhaps I slept, …

Ringing in the New

Fannie Menning

READ : Revelation 14:1-13 Mom had been doing well after the loss of her husband of 63 years. We tried to drop in more often to fill the lonely hours. Church friends also stopped to visit. Reading was a pastime and she aimed to finish an antique car quilt. New ideas for quilts could keep her busy for 200 years, she exclaimed. Before Christmas, she spent the weekend with me attending a great grandson’s program. Pleasant weather and good conversation …

Setting a House in Order

Fannie Menning

READ : Genesis 49:1-2, 28-33 Jacob was an old man, having lived a long eventful life. For his time, he had been a great traveler from Padan Aram to Egypt. Years of experience had qualified him to pronounce appropriate blessings on his sons. His one last wish was to be buried in the only piece of land legally his. In the last year of his life, Dad was aware that time was drawing short, so he made certain his affairs …

Memorial Day

Fannie Menning

READ : Matthew 22:15-22 Memorial Day was special in our family. Being a World War I veteran, Father marched in the parade and participated in the ceremonies at the cemetery. I hear the snapping of flags in the wind, a band playing “Nearer My God to Thee” and an ear-splitting rifle salute. I see Father standing at attention and Mother’s face lost in thought. Perhaps their minds were back in youth when two men went off to war. Uncle Jake …

Numbering Our Days

Fannie Menning

READ : Psalm 90:1-12 If my father were living, we would celebrate his birthday today with brothers, sisters, and a host of nieces and nephews. Dad often reminisced about the changes he had seen in his lifetime from horse-drawn conveyance to the jet age. He knew for certain as a child that the moon was beyond man’s reach, but he saw that frontier explored. As a boy, Teddy Roosevelt’s charge up San Juan hill thrilled him, as did Neil Armstrong’s …